Hidden Barriers to Happiness Blog

Have you always wondered about the invisible forces that affect your health, wealth, relationships and happiness?

For over 25 years, first as a neuroscientist, then epidemiologist, and now as a Holistic Brain Health Practitioner, I’ve been passionate about identifying underlying causes of mental and cognitive health challenges.  This blog reveals my discoveries from my academic training, my passion for functional medicine, psychology, sociology, energy medicine and what I’ve learned from identifying secrets held by the subconscious.

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What are you waiting for?  Knowledge is power!

Chronic Stress, Your Immune System & Response to the Coronavirus

Posted by on Apr 15, 2020 in immunity, stress | 0 comments

Chronic Stress, Your Immune System & Response to the Coronavirus

While our bodies are adapted to handle short term stressors, they are not equipped for the chronic stress so many Americans endure.

Once you are used to chronic stress, it can be hard to get out of the habit.  We often feel that we can’t, that we have too many people to please and obligations to fulfill.  But being chronically stressed is not sustainable.

Chronic stress makes us more irritable, makes it harder for us to relax, and increases our risk of almost every disease, including infectious diseases.

And now with a lurking deadly virus, this is a great time to prioritize our immunity to build resilience!

Below are 3 compelling ways chronic stress weakens our ability to fight pathogens, and especially the Coronavirus.

My mission is not to scare you out of your wits, but to scare you into your wits.  Revisiting these has helped compel me to make lowering my stress an important priority, and I hope it will do the same for you.

Plus at the end, I’ll reveal my favorite stress relieving strategy which you don’t want to miss.

 

Top 3 ways chronic stress affects our immunity and susceptibility to the Coronavirus:

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Three Favorite Coronavirus Prevention Strategies

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in Coronavirus | 0 comments

Three Favorite Coronavirus Prevention Strategies

Are you concerned about getting the Coronavirus?

As of March 30th, 2020, I think it’s going to be awhile before it’s safe to socialize in person.    And even when we do get back into society, we’re going have to be very careful.

The good news is that I have found some amazing ways to keep ourselves relatively safe!

Let’s Talk About Lowering Your Risk

I can’t make any promises, but it’s about lowering your risk.

The Coronaviruses replicates in your mucous membranes. That is in your eyes, your nose, and your mouth. They stay and replicate there for about five days on average, but it ranges between two and fourteen days.

The virus can then start to descend into the lungs and that’s where you start to feel the symptoms. That means if we do get exposed, we have some time to do something about it.

The problem is because this virus lingers in the air and lasts for days on surfaces, we never know if we’ve been exposed.

So we have to act like we’ve been exposed.

This is why the CDC recommends that we be very vigilant about washing our hands and NOT touching our face.

But I believe there is more that we can do.

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To Fear or Not To Fear the Coronavirus

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in fear | 0 comments

To Fear or Not To Fear the Coronavirus

As a Holisitic Brain Health Practitioner, I’m a huge fan of Dr. Bruce Lipton, but he and many others are warning people about the dangers of fear, and I’m sensing a dismissing  of the magnitide of this outbreak.

But as an epidemiologist, I think that’s dangerous.

We have to honor our emotions.  They are there for a good reason. We want fear when we encounter a tiger.  The Cornoavirus is today’s tiger.

That being said we need a balance.

Lets talk about healthy vs. vs. unhealthy fear.

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Why Your Life Is Meaningful.. Whether You Intend It To Be Or Not

Posted by on Feb 29, 2020 in meaning | 0 comments

Why Your Life Is Meaningful.. Whether You Intend It To Be Or Not

If we are prone to depression, sometimes we can feel like we are all alone, and nothing we do matters.

If you are prone to this type of thinking, then I invite you to consider this:

Every day, whether we intend to or not, we affect the lives of others

How?  Keep reading or watch the video, and I’ll share 4 ways your life is meaningful:

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Its Time to Make Compassion Cool!

Posted by on Feb 15, 2020 in resilience, self compassion | 0 comments

Its Time to Make Compassion Cool!

As a 6th grader, I read Farewell to Manzanar, the book about a young girl’s experience being interned in the Japanese internment camps in 1941.  I also read the Diary of Anne Frank, and then Roots (because mom wouldn’t let me watch it on TV).  Then in college, I took a class on the holocaust.

As an empath, I felt the pain of those who suffered during such awful times in history.  But I wasn’t interested in being depressed.  I was looking for answers.   Why were so many people willing to tolerate so much cruelty?  Why did so many people just look the other way?

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A Simple, Yet Powerful Way to Fight Infections

Posted by on Jan 30, 2020 in frequent illnesses, physical health | 0 comments

A Simple, Yet Powerful Way to Fight Infections

After learning about the pandemics and epidemics such as cholera, polio, smallpox and the plague, I’ve been grateful that most of the world’s worst epidemics were eradicated before I was born.

So the outbreak of Coronovirus and the spread to a town just north of Seattle, has got my attention!

Thus, I thought it would be an appropriate time to share my favorite tip to fight infections.

Science Meets Intuition

*In my journey as a Body Code Practitioner, I’ve learned some things about infections that I thought would be useful to share at this time.

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Why is change sometimes so damn hard?

Posted by on Jan 15, 2020 in change, growth, habits, resiliency, subconscious barriers, success, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Why is change sometimes so damn hard?

Why is change sometimes so damn hard?

For some of us, there is an area of our life where change seems too damn hard. Maybe it’s getting healthy, maybe it’s changing that pesky habit, maybe it’s getting that promotion. We look to friends or others in social media who are succeeding in those realms, and think, “they have no idea how hard it is!” and “why is it so easy for them?”.

Change is hard because of our expectations.

We tend to think that we should see a linear relationship between our efforts and our results. In other words, more efforts, more results.

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Three Important Discoveries from Nature’s Medicine for your Brain and Mood

Posted by on Dec 30, 2019 in EMFs, energy medicine, environmental affects, Integrative, integrative, microbiome, pollution | 0 comments

Three Important Discoveries from Nature’s Medicine for your Brain and Mood

Ever since I immersed myself in the field of health sciences over 25 years ago, I’ve been passionate about understanding how regular day-to-day exposures and habits affect our mental and cognitive health.

With the closing of a decade, I thought I might mention 3 discoveries/areas of research in natural medicine, or actually nature’s medicine, that have the capacity to offer profound benefits to our health, if widely shared.   What are they?

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From Caregiver Burnout to Empowerment

Posted by on Dec 15, 2019 in balance, caregiving, healthy boundaries | 0 comments

From Caregiver Burnout to Empowerment

Caregiver burnout for Annie

My client *Annie had a very demanding mother.  She’d find any excuse she could to get Annie to come help her.  Then when Annie would go fix her latest problem, she’d complain about how she had no one to help her.  Her mom also constantly complained about how lonely she was, and she’d regularly accuse my client of not spending enough time with her.   While she could have asked the people she lived with to help, her mom wouldn’t ask them to help her.  It seemed the only person she wanted help from was her daughter, and Annie felt like she could never please her mom.

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Changing Minds and the BackFire Effect

Posted by on Nov 30, 2019 in beliefs, persuasion, skepticism, thoughts | 0 comments

Changing Minds and the BackFire Effect

I Couldn’t Believe!

I remember a few years ago when talking to a chiropractor, he told me about John of God from Brazil.  John of God is a healer who channels many spirit guides to commit a huge range of medical miracles.  The chiropractor told me that John of God attracts thousands of people from all over the world.  He told me about the experience, how he had to wait in long lines to see him.  He described the “visible operation” he had chosen, and told me that he had been cured.   The story seemed so beyond my belief system that I developed an unfavorable view of this chiropractor.   I was so uncomfortable with the story that I wanted to roll my eyes and run away.   I kept my distance from him (for other reasons as well) after that.

This isn’t the only time I’ve run from information presented to me.  I rolled my eyes at the Law of Attraction for years!  And when someone told me in the early 90’s that physicians had done a hemispherectomy on a child, and that it wasn’t expected to result in serious consequences, again, I rolled my eyes, and decided that he was rather naive.

I’m not the only one that runs from information that falls outside of their belief systems!

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